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Google Migrations: Go With the EDU Expert

07/09/2019
Ankur Garg
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Like it or not, Microsoft Teams is here to stay.

The rise of workstream collaboration platforms – namely Teams and chief rival Slack – have seen tremendous growth over the last 18 months. In December 2018, Microsoft announced Teams adoption surpassed that of Slack and was optimistically predicting its presence in the workplace would double by 2020. Gartner concurs, estimating a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 96%  for the entire workstream collaboration market through 2021 for a grand market total of $5 billion.

While students and faculty are at home, it’s a good time for system upgrades that will enhance collaboration, access, and security. Many colleges, universities, and school systems are planning winter break migrations to move or consolidate tenants and even adopt new collaboration platforms.

If you’re using Google Workspace, MigrationWiz is the tool you need for migrating a wide variety of workloads: Mailboxes, documents, archives, and even collaboration platforms. You can take advantage of low education pricing to move from one Google instance to another, or from Google Workspace to Microsoft Teams. MigrationWiz handles all these workloads:

  • Gmail and Vault, including inbox, folders/labels, email, muted emails, contacts, calendars, and calendar notifications.
  • Drive, including files, folders, permissions, document history, comments, and more.
  • Shared Drives, including documents, permissions, versions, and metadata.

Great education pricing is one thing, but when you’re planning a migration, you should never skimp on experience, capabilities, and security. That’s why BitTitan has been the choice of educational institutions for more than 13 years.

Experienced experts are here to help

BitTitan has migrated thousands of students, faculty, and staff at hundreds of educational institutions all around the globe. While MigrationWiz is known for being intuitive and easy to use, you never have to go it alone, especially if your project is more complex. Our world-class Customer Success team are dedicated migration experts who can help you plan your project.

In fact, now is the perfect time to call so we can connect you with team members who have extensive experience in educational environments – including implementing complex Google Workspace migrations.

Fast, easy, and flexible

Educational institutions choose MigrationWiz because it’s fully automated and 100% SaaS. In fact, if you were expecting to sprint around campus in order to complete your migration, you may have to get your exercise some other way. With MigrationWiz you simply initiate your migration from one centralized dashboard, then use DeploymentPro – which is included – to automate Outlook configuration.

Don’t be fooled, though. Easy doesn’t mean basic. MigrationWiz is highly customizable with advanced options that give you full control over your migration. You’re always in charge of timing, testing, setup, and execution. You can also use project sharing to involve team members across departments for greater visibility and collaboration throughout the migration.

Top security with Azure datacenters

Security is top priority for every migration project, especially in educational settings. You’re responsible for protecting personal information from students and faculty, as well as proprietary documents and research. You must be able to ensure every bit of data is safe throughout the migration process. With MigrationWiz you get the extra security of Azure datacenters. And, your data is always encrypted and never stored.

With BitTitan by your side, you can get a lot done over winter break. So when faculty, staff, and students return, they might not even notice because they’ll be able to get started with the new semester without any disruptions.

Now’s the time to plan your migration

If you’re ready to implement a migration, there’s still time to put a plan in place. Contact us today to find out about education pricing for MigrationWiz and to learn how we can help make your migration a success.

For Office 365 users, it’s a difficult application to avoid. From an aggressive feature roadmap to a strongarm “you’re going to have this on your machine” approach, Office 365 users are being funneled towards its functionality. Microsoft is clear Teams is on track to replace Skype for Business, while some longer-term visions look to a future where Teams succeeds email as the standard communication vehicle at the internal level.

So what’s this mean for IT? For starters, it’s yet another application to govern and manage – challenges we’ve heard frequently via analyst calls and our own partner conversations. From a migration perspective, it’s becoming another key workload requirement in Office 365 tenant migration scenarios.

Recently, BitTitan introduced capabilities to migrate Teams to a new Office 365 tenant. You can read more about that scenario in this feature spotlight. And while we hear the groans of the anti-Teams crowd, we also recognize new demand for Teams migrations among early adopters and see the flood of these projects coming in the near future. But why should you care?

 

Adoption = Opportunity

Organizations that have made the leap to Teams now have important information stored in that instance and the underlying SharePoint framework. Should they need to migrate, that data now needs to be migrated, too. The frequency of Office 365 tenant migrations is only increasing as more users move to the cloud office suite. Merger, acquisition, and divestiture activity continues to fuel these scenarios as well.

The opportunity here is to expand the scope of your tenant-to-tenant migration services to include a new workload that’s becoming a central part of how end users work. Adding Teams to your migration package allows you to increase potential revenue while delivering new services that provide a more holistic migration experience for end users.

 

Why MigrationWiz?

Not all migration solutions are created equally. Through our unique approach to Teams projects, we offer three key benefits as you add this to your list of supported services:

 

Preserve Customer IP and Data

As end users turn to Teams, more critical data, conversations, and decisions will be made within the application. That data is now just as important as other file repositories or messages in an inbox. With MigrationWiz, you’re able to offer a solution to save that information – in whatever form it was created – and transfer that to a new tenant. MigrationWiz also preserves the audit trail by migrating timestamps and watermarking conversations from the previous tenant.

Standardize Your Process NOW

Teams migration projects will increase as adoption grows. Developing efficient, reliable processes for this scenario is important to ensure your projects are profitable and repeatable across customers. MigrationWiz makes it easy to standardize with a simple, consistent project flow and fast configuration phase.

Win with MigrationWiz

By bringing MigrationWiz into the new business process, we help you compete with other service providers to support common T2T business cases like mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. Adding Teams as a supported workload in your migration bid will help you compete and win this business. Let us help you.

 

Learn More

For more information regarding Teams migration projects and MigrationWiz, visit the Teams page on our website or watch this short demo video to see how to quickly configure and launch these projects in a matter of minutes.

At BitTitan we’ve been empowering IT service professionals to successfully deploy and manage cloud technologies through automation for over a decade. Sign up for a FREE BitTitan account today to access our products and services.

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